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Scunthorpe United FA Cup Replay Preview

13 January 2015

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Having come back from a two goal deficit to force a replay last Tuesday night, Chesterfield will be looking to build on their hard work and reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The two teams battling it out at the Proact Stadium tonight know that a plum tie away at Championship side Derby County awaits the victors, and for the Spireites the prospect of a Derbyshire derby is particularly tantalising. 

Spireite tails are up after the confident 3-0 win over fellow play-off chasers Port Vale at the Proact on Saturday, but Scunthorpe recorded a similarly impressive result, travelling to Walsall and leaving with three points and a 4-1 scoreline.

The win stretched the Iron's unbeaten run to 11 games, but they will be without Tom Hooper, one of Saturday's goalscorers, as he - along with fellow new signings Jacob Murphy and Jordan Clarke - is unavailable for the replay.

For the Spireites, midfielder Jimmy Ryan came through a 20 minute substitute's appearance in the Port Vale match and will be available again for tonight's match, while skipper Ian Evatt also comes back into the first team picture after recovering from his recent calf injury.

Loan striker Mani Dieseruvwe will miss the game however, unable to play in the cup fixture.

Tuesday night's match will be the fourth between the side's already this season, the Iron winning a Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie and the Spireites winning in the league before last weekend's FA Cup tie.

However, the tie will be decided on the night today, with extra time and then penalties awaiting if a winner is unable to be decided after 90 minutes.

Speaking ahead of the match, Chesterfield manager Paul Cook was keen to point out just how little there is between the battling League 1 sides, and that his side will take nothing for granted.

He said: "I think if you look at the bottom of our league, there isn't a massive points difference between them and us on 35 points. It shows that in between us and Scunthorpe there are a lot of teams getting concertinaed.

"On any given day any team beats anyone, Scunthorpe have two games in hand in the league and if they win those two games they're right in there looking at the play-off places.

"You don't disrespect anyone in this league, we've got the utmost respect for Scunthorpe from coming up together last season.

"We look forward to welcoming Mark Robins and his staff, it will be a good game and a great prize for both teams if they win."

You can keep up to date with all the action from tonight's game by logging in to Spireites Player for live full match commentary, by following minute-by-minute updates on Twitter, or by checking score updates on Facebook.

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